Just got back from a presentation to the Round Table on Managing Natural Resources organized by the Belgian Mission to the UN in New York for some Missions and selected UN officials. My message: (a) preaching to Governments in fragile states to implement good NRM policies is not good enough, we must empower the people […]
Is the current Local Content Policy (LCP) the answer for our iron ore industry? The idea of increasing local content for extractives and other natural resource products exported from a developing country has its roots in the 1960s and 70s when developing countries were mainly integrated into global markets through the exports of raw materials […]
Yusuf Bangura’s article on Street Traders and State Power should be applauded for its attempt to introduce structured analyses into the search for a solution to the problem. Hopefully,this will illustrate that criticism is not necessarily a sign of being in the “other” camp and therefore a trigger for attack. The recent creation of Think Tanks […]
There have been sporadic confrontations between state authorities and street traders over the use of public spaces in Freetown. These confrontations on the streets and pavements of the city now seem to occur every year with no sign of meaningful resolution. Streets are, by law, meant to facilitate the movement of vehicles, and pavements help […]
“Reverse the Curse: Maximizing the Potential of Resource Driven Economies” by Mckinsey is a very good reference document for evaluating how we are doing in realizing our 2035 Vision of Sierra Leone as a middle-income country. It not only confirms that we are on the right path, but gives us hope of better days to […]
Here is a curious article by Ronak Gopaldas on ThisIsSierraLeone.com arguing that Africa needs technocrats in the lead rather than politicians; as if one can do without the other!
In my view, the clarion call should be for African politicians to encourage and work with technocrats especially in the field of public policy. Technocrats should be utilised to the full rather than marginalise, isolate or even keep them away.